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The Simpsons: 15 Celebrity Appearances You Might Have Missed

4 March 2015 7:29 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It goes without saying that The Simpsons has a long-standing habit of taking famous voices and painting them yellow. In fact, entire episodes have been based around one-off celeb-voiced characters like Johnny Cash’s Space Coyote during Homer’s chilli-induced hallucination or Albert Brooks’  Bond-like villain Hank Scorpio. And of course guest stars like Simon Cowell, Rupert Murdoch and Justin Bieber are the show’s bread and butter.

Sometimes stars voicing themselves works; for instance Alec Baldwin, Kim Basinger and Ron Howard shone in When You Dish Upon A Star, but when suspicions arise that the show is a celebrity rite of passage and the cameos don’t actually improve the show, there’s clearly a problem. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by The Simpsons chiefs, with executive producer Al Jean detailing that they will slow down the endless stream of famous faces around Springfield.

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- Michael Potts

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Smith to Have One of His Worst Domestic Openings Ever: 'Focus'

1 March 2015 1:58 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Focus' movie: Will Smith has third weakest weekend box-office debut of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend, February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago Warner Bros.' modestly budgeted Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden halt to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, $50 million – after »

- Zac Gille

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Interview: Joe Lo Truglio teases Sunday's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' wedding

27 February 2015 8:00 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wedding bells are going to chime on this Sunday's episode of Fox's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."  After a whirlwind courtship, Charles Boyle's dad (Stephen Root) and Gina Linetti's mom (Sandra Bernhard) are tying the knot, but actual police work is apparently going to cause chaos.  Last week, I got on the phone with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Joe Lo Truglio to discuss the nuptials, as well as Boyle's gradual evolution from his larger-than-life beginnings.  We also talked about Lo Truglio's own status as a foodie and what the "State" veteran got out of sharing recent scenes with sitcom legend Garry Marshall. So check out an exclusive scene from Sunday's episode plus the full Joe Lo Truglio Q&A below.  HitFix:    Setting up the wedding taking place in this week's episode, what is Boyle's actual role in the wedding other than getting nervous I guess for his father? Joe Lo Truglio:    Well »

- Daniel Fienberg

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'Blood Simple' to Albert Brooks: Why Spring of 1985 was something special

20 February 2015 12:40 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There are roughly 900,000 tribute pieces online this week about the 1985 John Hughes film "The Breakfast Club," and I understand the motivation. If you were the right age when the film was released (I was 15 at the time), that movie felt like a lightning bolt right to the face. Hughes treated teenagers like they were actual people with complex emotional lives worthy of respect, and while that would seem to be a logical approach to writing about any character, it certainly didn't feel average when he did it. He wrote about that secret world of teenagers with what felt like laser accuracy, and he basically created an entire industry of movies that tried to tap into that same audience. So certainly, there is much to celebrate when looking back at that particular film, but when I went to look at a list of the films that came out in 1985, a year »

- Drew McWeeny

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America in D Minor

20 February 2015 8:53 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

If only sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs roam this Earth as Chris Kyle’s (Bradley Cooper) father informs him early on in American Sniper, then Clint Eastwood’s film represents the cross-breed of the hound and sheep – a creation perplexed as to who it is, its identity betwixt and between the protector that it wants to be and the ram that it truly is. At conflict with itself in scenes of both home and war, the tottering ideological stances of the film accentuate more than just cinematic gaucherie; Eastwood here has made a film about a war that he does not believe in, forcing his gaze onto the sole character in the film that does.

In this sense, American Sniper is far from a patriotic film, though patriotism unquestionably plays its part throughout the narrative. No more is it nationalistic than it is rueful, and it is the china shop hesitation »

- Morad Moazami

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Newsmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies

14 February 2015 6:45 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

For the sake of this particular movie column let’s just consider the media types of news personalities, journalists and reporters as interchangeable. With that in mind Newsmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies will look at some of cinema’s top inquirers in the name of getting down to the nitty-gritty in bringing the truth to the forefront.

The movies have intensely, if not sometimes comically, showcased those characters that felt justified in reporting their newsworthy findings in the name of riveting entertainment. Whether spotlighting real-life newsmaker and shakers such as legendary luminaries in Edward R. Murrow to Watergate busters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein or profiling parodies of probing journalists as Natural Born Killer’s Wayne Gale it has been a trippy ride in witnessing cinematic reporters and their excitable exploits.

Perhaps Newmakers and Media Shakers: Top Ten Reporters in the Movies will be irresponsibly »

- Frank Ochieng

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The 'Saturday Night Live' story told through its sketches

12 February 2015 6:05 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On the eve of its 40th anniversary special (though the anniversary itself isn't until October), what is left to say about "Saturday Night Live"? There have been multiple books written about the show, several documentaries, countless essays — riding the never-ending roller-coaster between "Saturday Night Dead" and "Saturday Night Lives Again!" — best-ofs, worst-ofs, and every other kind of list you can think of. I don't know that anything I write over the next few pages will provide new insight into one of the most influential comedy shows ever made, but I wondered if you could tell the story of the show — through good times and bad, through revolutions and evolutions and retrenchments — by looking at its sketches. I wound up picking 21 in all: some among the show's most famous, some obscure but important. These aren't meant as a definitive breakdown of the best "SNL" ever had to offer, but as a »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Movie Review – A Most Violent Year (2014)

31 January 2015 1:48 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

A Most Violent Year, 2014.

Directed by Jc Chandor.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Albert Brooks and Elyes Gabel.

Synopsis:

In New York City 1981, an ambitious immigrant fights to protect his business and family during the most dangerous year in the city’s history.

Opening with an explosive piece of violence, Jc Chandor’s newest film is a wonderfully acted slow burning thriller. Following a year in the life of couple Abel and Anna, the film charts the struggles of their business, the corruption of oil, and the growing gun violence in New York during 1981.

The use of oil to signify corruption is at the forefront of this film and in a way it makes the film timeless in its relevance. Taking the lead is Oscar Isaac who is seemingly in every Blockbuster and independent film going – and rightly so. He brings a searing intensity to his role and »

- Helen Murdoch

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Exclusive: A closer look at the cast of 'A Most Violent Year'

30 January 2015 10:42 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"A Most Violent Year" may not have cracked any of the Academy's categories…but so what? It's one of the best films of last year, a stylish ode to the oft-longed-for craftsmanship of the '70s with two of the year's most compelling performances from Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain (and nothing to sneeze at from their co-stars, to be sure). Isaac and Chastain studied acting together at Juilliard, and as director J.C. Chandor notes in the exclusive featurette above, they've pretty much known each other as long as their husband and wife characters in the film. That dynamic makes for fun fireworks on screen and the whole cast is really dialed in, from Albert Brooks' consigliere of sorts to David Oyelowo's dogged district attorney. Alex Ebert's emotive score (and amazing closing credits song), Bradford Young's jaw-dropping cinematography — it's a very rich cinema experience, and it's finally opening wide tomorrow. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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A Most Violent Year – The Review

29 January 2015 2:56 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Despite its title, A Most Violent Year is not about St. Louis in 2015 but about New York City in its most crime-ridden year of 1981. Oscar Isaac stars as ambitious Colombian immigrant Abel Morales, who began his career as a truck driver for a heating oil biz run by a mobster whose daughter Anna (Jessica Chastain) he eventually married. Abel took over ‘Standard Heating Oil’, and grew it quickly – but too quickly in the eyes of his competitors. As the movie opens, Abel and his attorney (Albert Brooks) are on the verge of a big move – borrowing a million and a half dollars to buy two oil tanks in a prime area of Queens. With 30 days to secure the cash needed to close the deal, it’s a risky investment, but if all goes according to Abel’s plan, he will eventually be able to store and move fuel on a larger scale. »

- Tom Stockman

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Concussion starring Will Smith set for Christmas release

29 January 2015 3:26 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety and numerous other sources are today reporting that Will Smith-starrer Concussion will make its bow in the Us on Christmas Day this year, putting it in the mix for the yearly awards season.

Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who fought to bring awareness of football-related brain traumas, as well as challenges political, cultural and corporate issues surrounding the health issues.

Peter Landesman (Parkland) writes and directs the film, which also stars Gugu Mnatha-Raw (Belle), Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible 5), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), David Morse (The Rock), Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year) and Luke Wilson (The Skeleton Twins). Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings) is one of the film’s producers.

Concussion’s Christmas Day release will see it up against Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, and David O. Russell’s Joy, »

- Gary Collinson

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Concussion starring Will Smith set for Christmas release

28 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Variety and numerous other sources are today reporting that Will Smith-starrer Concussion will make its bow in the Us on Christmas Day this year, putting it in the mix for the yearly awards season.

Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who fought to bring awareness of football-related brain traumas, as well as challenges political, cultural and corporate issues surrounding the health issues.

Peter Landesman (Parkland) writes and directs the film, which also stars Gugu Mnatha-Raw (Belle), Alec Baldwin (Mission: Impossible 5), Paul Reiser (Whiplash), David Morse (The Rock), Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year) and Luke Wilson (The Skeleton Twins). Ridley Scott (Exodus: Gods and Kings) is one of the film’s producers.

Concussion’s Christmas Day release will see it up against Alejandro González Iñárritu’s latest The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, Alvin and the Chipmunks 4, and David O. Russell’s Joy, »

- Scott J. Davis

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Will Smith’s Concussion Will Come On Christmas Day

28 January 2015 3:28 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When you are gathered around the Christmas tree, or exchanging presents with your loved ones, or enjoying It’s A Wonderful Life on constant repeat, you know that at some point you begin thinking: “You know what this Christmas needs? More concussions.” That’s what Sony Pictures is banking on, at any rate, as they nab a December 25, 2015 release date for the Will Smith football movie Concussion.

While I joke, Concussion is actually a serious film about the doctor who discovered the degree of trauma to the head caused by playing professional football, blowing the whistle and causing quite a few headaches across the NFL. Will Smith plays the doctor, Bennet Omalu, who discovered Cte (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) in the brains of two NFL players who committed suicide. The film also stars Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Paul Reiser and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, along with Luke Wilson as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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Will Smith's NFL drama Concussion sets release date

28 January 2015 10:21 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Will Smith's NFL drama Concussion has set a holiday release date.

Sony Pictures will release Concussion in Us cinemas on Christmas Day (December 25).

Smith stars in the Peter Landesman-directed sports drama as a neuropathologist who discovers degenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte) in the brains of two ex-nfl players who committed suicide.

Concussion examines the ways the NFL allegedly mishandled treatment of ex-players who developed neurological diseases.

Albert Brooks also appears in the movie as noted forensic pathologist Cyril Wecht.

Concussion is based on Jeanne Marie Laskas's groundbreaking GQ article Game Brain.

Luke Wilson, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse and Paul Reiser have supporting roles in the upcoming film. »

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Will Smith's 'Concussion' Gets Christmas Day 2015 Release

28 January 2015 7:44 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Now that Mission: Impossible 5 has safely vacated it's Christmas Day, 2015 release slot, Sony Pictures is quick to fill in the empty space on the calendar with their NFL football drama Concussion. Will Smith stars in the true-life tale, which takes a look at football players and the life-threatening head injuries they often receive on the field. The news is nicely timed for this weekend's Super Bowl. Will we see the first trailer during the big game?

Opening December 25, Concussion is based on Dr. Bennet Omalu's studies. A David vs. Goliath journey, the forensic neuropathologist made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth behind the devastating malady, Omalu's quest humanizes the price paid by professional athletes in impact sports but also by people who challenge the status quo as it exposes the political, »

- MovieWeb

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Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ Drama Set for Christmas Release

27 January 2015 5:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony Pictures has dated its Will Smith drama “Concussion” for Christmas Day — a week after the arrival of Disney-Marvel’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Smith porrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who discovered football-related brain trauma in a player and fought to bring awareness to the public.

Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard, Paul Reiser, David Morse and Albert Brooks also star.

Peter Landesman directs from his own script, based on the GQ article “Game Brain,” written by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

Producers are Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman and Elizabeth Cantillon; executive producers are David Crockett and Michael Schaefer.

Concussion” is the third title to land on Christmas following Paramount’s “Monster Trucks” and Fox’s Jennifer Lawrence-David O. Russell project “Joy.”

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- Dave McNary

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Will Smith’s ‘Concussion’ To Hit Theaters Christmas Day

27 January 2015 5:08 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Sony Pictures announced today that it has scheduled the Will Smith drama Concussion for a Christmas Day release. The film is opening at a prime time, not only because of the holiday movie season but also just as the NFL will be preparing for the playoffs. Concussion follows Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth, Omalu, a total outsider to pro football, takes on the sports industry’s status quo. His studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (Cte), prompted the NFL to take brain-related injuries seriously. Cte was cited in the suicides of former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson. Deadline announced Smith’s attachment to the film back in June.

Written and directed by Peter Landesman (Parkland), Concussion is based on the GQ »

- Anthony D'Alessandro

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Will Smith NFL Drama ‘Concussion’ Sets Release Date

27 January 2015 5:08 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony’s NFL concussion drama has been titled “Concussion” and has been scheduled for Christmas Day, 2015, the studio announced Tuesday.

Peter Landesman wrote and directed the film which stars Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Luke Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Arliss Howard and Paul Reiser, with David Morse and Albert Brooks. The factual drama is based in part on the GQ article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas.

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The story follows the David-vs.-Goliath journey of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain »

- Linda Ge

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Michael Keaton remembers Harold Ramis, tackling Shakespeare, Ron Howard's 'Gung Ho'

25 January 2015 7:55 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Santa Monica — Michael Keaton is having the time of his life. Cruising along an awards circuit that has brought him plenty of kudos for his performance in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" and probably more opportunities to talk about himself than he'd prefer, he seems consistently high on life and not at all phased by the grind. He's not someone who has really sought out this kind of attention and acclaim, often retreating to his ranch in Montana away from the Hollywood fray, but now that he's feeling the love? Let's just say I doubt anyone's having as much fun with all of this than he is. On the eve of this year's Oscar nominations announcement, I met Keaton for coffee and a light lunch at one of his favorite Santa Monica spots to chew on as much of his career and the awards »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Sundance: ‘Mistress America’ Continues Winning Streak for Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig

25 January 2015 2:53 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Film strikes a rare and welcome balance between screwball comedy and touching emotion

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have been a match made in indie-film heaven since “Greenberg” in 2010, and the Sundance Film Festival premiere of “Mistress America” this weekend showed the two fully in sync once more.

By turns wacky, amusing and touching, the new film isn’t as focused as “Frances Ha,” the last film directed by Baumbach, starring Gerwig and co-written by both. But the Fox Searchlight project is one of the delights of this year’s festival, and one of the most satisfying, sure-handed and touching »

- Steve Pond

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